As the Year draws to a close, it is hard to find motivation. Everything is winding down as the school year ends.
I believe that I am a dedicated teacher who is creative and passionate…. but I am feeling stifled at the moment! Perhaps I am on the verge of being bored even! (But the kids stop that from happening… ) This is not to say that I am not putting in as much effort to deliver exciting and engaging lessons, I just feel that I can do it really easily.
I have noticed that I am not one to be bored…. and always line myself up with a challenge to keep myself entertained. Usually this has been related to work:
- Completing my Masters
- Having my first Exhibition
- Presenting at Conferences
But of late, I have been focusing on me.
WARNING: Before you read on!! This is not a blog post about Exercise – bear with me!
At the beginning of the Year I started regular training sessions with the Master Trainer – Josh. I also decided to try and eat better by ordering Lite’n’Easy for my school meals. The thing was, I started to noticed some results! I started to lost weight and was quite excited.
So, I increased the amount of training sessions that I was doing and even did some of my own… Motivated by some great Fitness Apps.
The thing about group fitness training, was that we were also having a lot of fun and becoming really good friend….
Stretching after training can often lead to fits of giggles!
This was all well and good… I was happy! But I needed to set myself a goal – my friends wedding in Wales. I want to drop a dress size and treat myself to a new dress for the occasion. To do this, I started to do one-on-one Personal Training sessions along with Kate. These were more high intensity and Josh worked us hard – knowing that we both had goals we wanted to achieve!
I was so excited and loved that I could buy a size 12 dress!
Jude and I in Wales!
Training continued, as it had been…. and I felt great. Then Josh told us about this great new eating program/lifestyle food plan/diet called Metabolic Jumpstart.
The thing with me is, I don’t just half do things…. From the beginning of the year I had committed myself to changing my lifestyle. I wasn’t going to let myself down.
To date, I have lost 7cm from my waist and am now a size 10.
By now, if you are still reading, you are probably wondering what this has to do with my teaching.
Well, for one, it has kept my motivated and has probably been the most exciting thing happening at the moment! (Perhaps sad, but true) I don’t want to think that I am someone who obsesses about weight or food, but it has certainly transformed my life.
I have therefore been deconstructing what it is about this years achievement that has kept me motivated? What is the key ingredient that is missing from my teaching practice? Is there something from this experience that I can take away and apply to a new context…???
(And yes, I have an over-active mind too!)
I thought about Jane McGonigal’s. I thought about her analysis that Reality is Broken and her definition of the four traits of a Game… and why these games make people happy….
- The GOAL is the specific outcome the players work to achieve
- The RULES place limitations on how players can achieve this goal
- The FEEDBACK system tells the player how close they are to achieving the goal
- VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION requires that people playing the game know the goals, rules and accept the feedback
Now for the A-HA moment…
My training and weight loss journey has had these traits!!!! That is why I have had success!
And this is where my reality is broken, because the thing that I love the most – Teaching- is lacking in these things at the moment.
I am trying to set my own GOALS to unlock new achievements… but I feel like I have already done this. I have tried to share in my achievements with the people around me, but they are not all VOLUNTARY PARTICIPANTS.
It is hard to be goal orientated person with no goal…. I want more…. I am seeking it… but don’t know where to find it.
Teaching for me, needs a jumpstart!
If you have any ideas where I can find it… Please help: Apply within!